Course Highlights

  • Develop a portfolio of work from different writing genres, including gonzo journalism, poetry, fiction, and scriptwriting
  • Discover inspiration and cultivate your skills through daily writing exercises and mentor texts
  • Become a stronger writer by honing reading skills and diving deep into short stories, poems, drama, articles, and essays
  • Learn more about academic pathways and career opportunities for individuals passionate about the written word

Course Highlights

  • Develop a portfolio of work from different writing genres, including gonzo journalism, poetry, fiction, and scriptwriting
  • Discover inspiration and cultivate your skills through daily writing exercises and mentor texts
  • Become a stronger writer by honing reading skills and diving deep into short stories, poems, drama, articles, and essays
  • Learn more about academic pathways and career opportunities for individuals passionate about the written word
  • W H E N
    • Early July: July 5-July 27, 2020
    • Late July: July 19-July 31, 2020
  • T U I T I O N

    Residential: $4,998 USD

    Extended Commuter: $3,398 USD

    Commuter: $2,798 USD

Overview

Words have power. Words shape how people perceive reality. Words can change the world. Join Summer Springboard’s Creative Writing program and become immersed in the study of four different genres using the Writer’s Workshop methodology. Through a variety of lessons, writing prompts, guest speakers, field trips, and time to put pen to paper, the course will sharpen writing skills and love of the written word. Discover what it takes to be a novelist, a poet, a scriptwriter, and a gonzo journalist.

Excursions will include a visit to the iconic home of one of America’s greatest writers, Mark Twain.

Hands-On Learning

Practice the craft of writing daily in a supportive environment, with plenty of time to revise work after input from instructors and peers. While the course will strengthen core writing skills, the focus is on exploring new forms of expression and stretching talent. Come prepared to write short scripts for television after in-depth discussions on the importance of dialogue. Ultimately, participants drive the curriculum based on their writing interests.

Career Exploration

Throughout the program, you’ll prepare for publication and submit a finalized piece of writing to an appropriate online or print magazine. You’ll meet a variety of experts in the field of writing and publishing who will provide advice and tips on academic preparation and career pathways to explore. This helps students make better informed decisions about some of life’s most important choices.

Instructor

Dr. Lisa Acerbo, Ed.D

Dr. Lisa Acerbo is a university professor and published author of five young adult and new adult novels. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Acerbo helps judge a local annual literary competition and arts festival. She holds her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and has always loved reading and writing.

Note: Summer Springboard – Session 1-3 – 2020 is operated independently of Yale University and is not sponsored or endorsed by the University. The views expressed in connection with the program are not official positions, statements of advice, nor opinions of Yale University and should not be viewed as an endorsement by Yale of any such views or statements.